The main focus in early childhood is for children to begin to value learning, gain knowledge, and understand their world.
The Intended Learning Outcomes described below reflect the belief that in early childhood, education should address the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children. It is important to create a learning environment that fosters development of many aspects of a child. By nurturing development in these interrelated human domains, children will discover varied and exciting talents and dreams. They will be socially and civically competent and able to express themselves effectively.
The outcomes identified below are to provide a direction for general learning experiences, management, culture, environment, and inclusion. These outcomes are interwoven in Standards, which offer specific and measurable indicators. Beginning in early childhood, children should:
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude:
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility:
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional behaviors:
4. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene:
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills:
Early Childhood Core Standards were created by a committee of more than 30 childhood education and development experts drawn from districts, universities, private advocacy organizations, and state entities. The Standards provide support and information for preschool teachers, caregivers, and parents about the developmental continuum of children from preschool to Kindergarten.
Utah's Early Childhood Core Standards with Teaching Strategies and Activities | Utah's Early Childhood Core Standards with Teaching Strategies and Activities (Spanish)
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Utah Early Learning Standards Review Survey
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The High Quality School Readiness (HQSR) Initiative was passed by the Utah State Legislature in 2014. The purposes of the Initiative are to increase school readiness, improve academic performance, and reduce remediation costs associated with poor academic outcomes. The HQSR grant program provides resources to existing early education programs administered by Local Education Agencies (LEAs), private child care providers, and home-based educational technology programs. The grants are available to programs serving economically disadvantaged (free or reduced lunch) three- and four-year-old students who are not receiving special education services. It is highly encouraged that programs serve students with disabilities in an inclusive environment (i.e., with both typically developing students and students with disabilities being educated together in the same room).
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HQSR Informational Meeting
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The High Quality School Readiness Expansion (HQSR-E) grant was passed by the Utah State Legislature in 2016. The purposes of the initiative are to expand access to high quality school readiness programs for eligible students to increase school readiness, improve academic performance, and reduce remediation costs associated with poor academic outcomes. The HQSR-E grant program provides funds to expand seats for eligible students to public and private providers with existing early education programs deemed high quality.
Eligibility requirements for a student are:
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The 2016 grant application is available for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that have a high quality school readiness program already established and would like to expand opportunities.
Is an in-home, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that is designed to give Utah four-year-old's an individualized reading, mathematics, and science curriculum with a focus on reading. Children participate in the program the year before they attend kindergarten. The UPSTART program is administered by the Waterford Institute.
Training and Support:
Report of Fiscal Year:
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1. How do I go about enrolling my child in preschool?
Contact your local school district for information regarding public preschool services.
2. Who do I contact to enroll my child in Head Start?
To enroll your child in Head Start, visit Utah Head Start Association (UHSA) or call (801) 903-2960.
3. What are the requirements for setting up my own preschool?
The Utah State Board of Education does not oversee private preschools. You will need to obtain a business license through your city government office. If your preschool will also offer child care and you are interested in obtaining a license, you will go through the same licensing procedure as child care centers:
You may also have your preschool accredited nationally by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):
Agencies and Programs
Special Education Services
Utah State Board of Education
Utah Child Care Licensing Program
Bureau of Child Development
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